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CLAIFF17 Guest List

CLAIFF17 hosted local, national, and international guests, who participated in the event presenting films and serving as members of the jury for the competitive sections of the program.

Special Screenings Guest, Efraín Gutiérrez

For the first time, the Cine Las Americas International Film Festival honored the life and work of a pioneer of Mexican American cinema in Texas with a special presentation of four films of Efraín Gutiérrez, with the director in attendance. Political activist, director and actor, San Antonio native Gutiérrez directed and starred in the three feature-length films during the 1970s considered by many to be the first independent Chicano feature-length films made in Texas. The films PLEASE, DON´T BURY ME ALIVE!; CHICANO LOVE IS FOREVER; RUN, TECATO, RUN; and LA ONDA CHICANA were presented in 35mm restored prints courtesy of the UCLA Film and Television Archive.

For the full list of jury member and their bios, please see our jury page.

Our Guests Included:

Rebecca Jones, actress in TERCERA LLAMADA (LAST CALL)
Cynthia Benitez, Film & Video Program Specialist for the Smithsonian National Museum of American Indian.
Sebastián Sepúlveda, director of LAS NIÑAS QUISPE (THE QUISPE GIRLS)
Al Santana, director and co-producer of SALTY DOG BLUES
Producer and actress Ana María Estrada and actor Luis Galli of TERESA, LA NOVIA DEL LIBERTADOR (TERESA, THE LIBERATOR´S FIANCÉE)
Ofelia Yanez, writer and director of THE GOOD KIND
Juan Pablo Gonzalez, director of HINOJOSA
Eugene Martin, director of MICHA
Caupolicán Ovalles, director and producer of MEMORIAS DE UN SOLDADO (A SOLDIER’S MEMORIES)
Simón Quiroz, director of LA DAMA Y EL CABALLO (THE HORSE BRIDE)
Clair Weissbluth, director of LONCHE
Director Ivete Lucas and producer Patrick Bresnan of EX-VOTOS
Nicole Karsin, director and producer of WE WOMEN WARRIORS
Director Adrian Schwarz and composer Ricardo Nazario of JUAN NIGHT STAND
Jason Outenreach, director and cinematographer of CHATELES DEL CAMPO
Director Patrícia Nogueira and assistant director Filipa Cardoso of 3 HORAS PARA AMAR
Production assistant Claire Soto and composer Esteban Alvarez of THE LIFE OF GIORGIO
Noam Osband, producer and director of ADELANTE
Writer/director Mario Peña and producer Samantha Lopez of THE BOOK OF JOE
Arturo Aguilar, director of JEUH KIEH A JM JM KAHUN
David Carren, director and writer of WAITING FOR SANDOVAL
Alvaro Torres, director of LA CUESTA: WORLDING A SIDEWALK
Director Daniel Pfeffer and associate producer Alexandra Brown of MILK AND HONEY
Diego Rico, writer, director, producer, and actor of GIFT OF GAB
Producer Veronica Leon and editor Sarah Deuel of ALMOST CRIMES
Julianna Brannum, director of LADONNA HARRIS: INDIAN 101

Check out our Youtube channel and Flickr page for interviews, videos, and photos with our special guests!